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Exploring Different Blended Instructional Models Using ASSISTments

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Content Update: Kendall Hunt Illustrative Mathematics Latest Content Available in ASSISTments

The ASSISTments platform has been updated to include the latest Kendall Hunt/Illustrative Math: Version B assessments for grades 6-8.

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7 Tips for Fostering a Growth Mindset in your Classroom

The notion of a growth mindset may not be inherent to students. What should you be implementing right now in order to foster that with your math students? This post offers an answer.

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Technology can help teachers and students succeed in the Formative Assessment Process

Many people think only about quizzes and homework assignments when they hear “formative assessment,” but the 5-Step Formative Assessment Process is multifaceted. There’s so much more potential where both teacher and students play a crucial role for learning.

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You’re Probably Already Using This Evidence Based Practice

Chances are you’re probably already using formative assessment in class. When you assign homework, quizzes, or projects you’re hitting one part of a process proven to impact student learning. Learn about this flexible 5-part process. It helps ensure instruction response to student needs.

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Spring Recruitment: New or Novice ASSISTments Users (7th Grade Math) - Paid Opportunity

ASSISTments is looking for new or novice ASSISTments users to join our Virtual Professional Learning Community (PLC) during Spring 2021 (Jan - May)!

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How is ASSISTments supporting student growth through teacher feedback?

Get a sneak peek at the many tools and features within ASSISTments focused on improving and promoting various forms of feedback - and more currently in development.

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ASSISTments at the #MathUnConference for Teachers

Neil Heffernan and Cristina Heffernan, founders of ASSISTments, explain why ASSISTments forever-free accounts support students' math learning.

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October 2020 ASSISTments Product Update

The latest ASSISTments product update adds the functionality to download Assignment Reports, upload scores to Google Classroom, and assign the teacher role to other teachers.

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4 Steps to Making Homework a Learning Opportunity

Is your homework helping students learn? Have you given up on homework because you think it has lost value? Veteran math teacher Andrew Burnett has finally found a way to make homework an effective learning opportunity for his students.

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7 Tips on Classroom Differentiation during a Pandemic

Due to the pandemic, teachers are grappling with how to support students with unfinished learning. This blog post consists of tried and true tips on how you can create differentiated learning opportunities for students with diverse academic needs.

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The Power of ASSISTments to Augment Teaching with Dr. Neil Heffernan

Listen to this podcast where ASSISTments co-founder joins Michael Palmer to talk about how his career interweaves great teaching, computer science, and “ASSISTments” – a set of digital tools designed to make homework assignment and evaluation more efficient.

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Failure to Disrupt: How ASSISTments Adapts Traditional Education

Watch ASSISTments co-founders Neil and Cristina Heffernan speak on adaptive tutors in Justin Reich's book club.

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Content Updates: Eureka Math Diagnostic & Unit Assessments

Diagnostic Assessments for Eureka Math developed by the Louisiana Department of Education now in ASSISTments (grades 4-8, Algebra I), plus update to Eureka Unit Assessments

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I’m an educator, but I learned the value of growth mindset as a frustrated math student.

Back in high school, Brian Story ended his Algebra course thinking that mistakes were bad and “I’m just not good at Algebra.” This experience led him to develop a growth mindset and made him a stronger educator.

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3 Ways to Create Agents of Learning with ASSISTments Data

Shift from a fixed mindset - where students are trained to wait for the teacher to provide them feedback on their individual learning - to a growth mindset, where students seize opportunities with immediate feedback and actionable data.

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New Teachers Join the ASSISTments Ambassador Community. These are their stories, from the classroom.

Get to know the newest teacher leaders from the ASSISTments community to become Ambassadors. They represent educators from across the country. These are their stories, from the classroom.

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How Crowdsourcing Can Transform Education

A Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor is spearheading innovative crowdsourcing research to help educators and students.

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I’m the Only 7th/8th Grade Math Teacher at my School. Professional Learning with ASSISTments Breaks Down Silos.

This middle school math teacher joins ASSISTments professional learning to get into her "blindspot," by seeing how other teachers are responding to the same challenges and setting the pace in their classrooms using the same flexible tool.

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Content Update: Kendall Hunt Illustrative Mathematics Latest Content Available in ASSISTments

The ASSISTments platform is now updated to ensure our Illustrative Math assignments fully align to the most up to date version from Kendall Hunt.

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College Town: WPI’s Online Math Teaching Tool Popular During Pandemic

An online math teaching tool developed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute has been used by thousands of teachers adjusting to distance learning during the pandemic.

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Getting the Best Start with Students and Families in Class and From a Distance

Schools are in session within a classroom, completely online, or a hybrid of both. How do you keep up with the paradigm shift? What will it take to get ahead? Three teachers who joined our August webinar 'Getting the Best Start With Students and Families In Class and From a Distance' give their response.

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ASSISTments, a WPI-created Math Learning Tool, is Helping Thousands of Teachers Transition to Distance Learning

Since the shift to distance learning began in March more than 25,000 teacher from all 50 states and internationally have signed up for ASSISTments accounts.

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Fall Recruitment: ASSISTments seeks diverse 7th grade math teachers using Engage NY and/or Eureka Math - Paid Opportunity

(Opportunity now closed) ASSISTments is seeking diverse 7th grade math teachers with experience using Engage NY and/or Eureka Math for a paid opportunity to support the development of two new features within our platform.

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Differentiating for Diverse Learners

The impact of distance learning has not hit communities equitably. At a time when access to technology has become a must-have for learning to continue, there continues to be a digital divide along race, socioeconomic and geographic lines. Read more to find out how ASSISTments provides support for teachers.

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Immediate Feedback Matters. This Is Why.

Have you ever caught yourself wondering how much difference it would make for your students if you had more time to give thoughtful feedback? This is the second blog post in our series on Evidence-Based Instructional Practices that sheds light on teaching practices grounded in learning science.

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Educators and Researchers Use ASSISTments to Test Best Practices

ASSISTments holds a unique position in the edtech space due to our passion for learning science and the bridge we build between educators and researchers to drive advances in education research. This post delves into two of the key components of that bridge.

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A Gradeless Classroom for Distance or In-Person Learning

See how Andrew Burnett uses ASSISTments and the other tools in his edtech toolbox to enhance his instructional practice. Andrew Burnett is a 7th Grade Math Teacher in Newton, Massachusetts. He is an ASSISTments Ambassador who has been using the program as a tool for formative assessment in his classroom since 2008.

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The ASSISTments Foundation Announces Co-Founder Cristina Heffernan as Executive Director

Cristina transitioned from her role as Chief Strategy Officer with The ASSISTments Project @ WPI, in July of 2020. She and her husband, Co-Founder, Neil Heffernan have been innovating and developing ASSISTments since 2003.

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With distance learning, is all learning now homework?

How relevant is homework anymore? We're reconsidering the new realities of today’s learning environments and how they can best serve student learning.

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The Future of Mathematics Education: Using Artificial Intelligence to Provide Efficient Feedback

Adapted from NCTM 100 Days of Professional Learning talk on how QuickComments allows teachers to give feedback powered by AI.

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How to Make Ed Research Accessible to Teachers: Bridging the Gap between Learning Science and the Classroom

Through this first post in our Evidence-Based Practice blog series, we aim to shed light on instructional practices grounded in learning science principles and research evidence that teachers can apply in class.

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Can student learning improve using teacher crowdsourcing in online learning platforms such as ASSISTments?

TeacherASSIST is an ASSISTments feature that leverages teacher crowdsourcing to amplify and support teaching and learning across all ASSISTments users. Read more about our work and research using crowdsourcing.

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Researchers Awarded Record $56 Million During FY2020

Neil Heffernan, professor at WPI, received the largest award in FY 2019 - $4.98 million to scale and expand ASSISTments over the next five years.

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Proof Points: A crowdsourcing approach to homework help

Read more about our work on using teacher crowdsourcing to improve student learning in this article by Jill Barshay in The Hechinger Report.

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My Experience at the Intersection of Teacher Professional Development and Edtech Research

7th grade math teacher Thea Durling spent two years on the TeacherASSIST project, developing hints and exemplars to support other ASSISTments users in providing personalized feedback to students

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EdTech That Helps Teachers Differentiate Complex Material

In middle school, concepts start to build on each other to form new, complex material. This North Carolina teacher describes how ASSISTments supports her teaching practice to differentiate and scaffold complex material.

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A New Nonprofit: The ASSISTments Foundation

A message from Neil Heffernan, introducing a new nonprofit, The ASSISTments Foundation! Building the foundation is an essential step in growing ASSISTments and impacting more students and teachers.

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Try Benchmark Tests with ASSISTments

Benchmark tests allow teachers to see what students have learned at the end of turning point of a unit.

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Helping Students Respond to Feedback

When faced with a wrong answer, how do you respond? Learn how Barbara Delaney teaches her students how to respond to wrong answers to inform their learning.

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Helping Teachers Make the Most of Limited Time

How can EdTech tools be used to help teachers make the most of limited classroom time? Former teacher and ASSISTments team member Cindy Starks weighs in with her best recommendations.

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Web-Based Homework Provides New Opportunity for Students and Teachers

In this study, we put the ASSISTments platform to the test to understand the impact of artificial intelligence in education for web-based homework in comparison to traditional homework. We found that students learned reliably more in the web-based homework condition, even without the benefits of additional tutoring features such as hints and feedback messages.

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Husband & Wife Duo: Neil and Cristina Heffernan

ASSISTments was developed by husband and wife duo Neil and Cristina Heffernan.As a professor of computer science and learning technologies, Neil is able to collaborate with fellow professors, researchers and PhD students to enhance the ASSISTments platform. As a former middle school math teacher Cristina keeps the project focused on teachers.

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Meet the Team: Dr. Anthony Bothelo

Dr. Botelho is a research scientist with the ASSISTments lab. Before his PhD, Anthony completed his undergraduate in Interactive Media at Becker College and his Masters in Computer Science at WPI.

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Meet the Team: Ashish Gurung

Ashish is a PhD student in Computer Science

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Meet the Team: Brian K Story

Brian Story is an ASSISTments Teacher Engagement Manager in North Carolina. Learn more about Brian!

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Meet the Team: Cindy Starks

Cindy is excited to be on the team because it will allows to "have a positive impact on math teaching and learning while also learning about best teaching practices and working with ASSISTments."

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Meet the Team: Donna Lee Tignor

Donna Lee Tignor is a long-time ASSISTments teacher mentor. Read how she started with ASSISTments!

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ASSISTments welcomes Dr. Megan Roberts as the CEO of The ASSISTments Foundation

Megan will work alongside Neil & Cristina Heffernan in the leadership of the organization to help us spread ASSISTments across the US. We are looking forward to Megan's non-profit leadership experience as well as her ability to help us grow and scale ASSISTments.

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Meet the Team: Dr. Sarah Irish

Dr. Sarah Irish has been involved with ASSISTments since the Maine Replication Study! Learn about Sarah's experience as an ASSISTments user and teacher mentor.

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Meet the Team: JA Perry

As a Project Coordinator, JA arranges the content building for all the curricula on ASSISTments! Read more about JA's background and passion for education.

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Meet the Team: John Erickson

John Erickson is a PhD student in Data Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Meet the Team: Dr. Korinn Ostrow

Dr. Ostrow is a Research Scientist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Meet the Team: March Patikorn

March is the senior PhD student in the ASSISTments lab! March is passionate about machine learning and AI, and serves as a supervisor to his fellow PhD students.

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Meet the Team: Meghana Kasal

Meet Meghana, a Masters student who works in the ASSISTments lab!

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Poverty Action Lab Calls ASSISTments One of Two Most Promising Interventions

‍A study conducted at MIT's Poverty Action Lab was recently featured in the U.S. News & World Report concluded that ASSISTments is one of two promising educational technologies in the US. The study praised ASSISTments for its impact on student learning and the tool’s compatibility with schools’ existing curricula and textbooks.

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Rigorous Study Shows ASSISTments Works

SRI International ran an independent study on the efficacy of ASSISTments. This study allowed ASSISTments to meet the highest What Works Clearinghouse standard for “positive effect without reservations” and to receive a Tier 1 rating by Evidence for ESSA. The study showed that with the use of ASSISTments supported student learning as a whole and helped close achievement gaps.

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Parent Involvement Can Support Student Math Learning

This study explores the ability of an Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) to increase parental engagement in student learning. A parental notification feature was developed for the web-based ASSISTments ITS that allows parents to log into their own accounts and access detailed data about their students’ performance. This research investigates the impacts of parental involvement on student learning outcomes.

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Students Retain Math Skill Mastery Through Reassessment and Relearning

We ran a randomized controlled trial on two ASSISTments features: Skill Builders and Automatic Reassessment and Relearning System (ARRS). Skill Builders allows teachers to assign individual skills practice sets and ARRS automatically reassesses students on these skills. Our study showed greater performance on those skills that were reassessed and relearned.

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Show Answer on ASSISTments

ASSISTments features can help promote data conversations between teachers and students and bolster the shift toward students owning and acting on their own data.‍

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Using Symbols of Success to Inform Learning and Instruction

The Symbols of Success are a powerful tool that can allow students to track their own progress through immediate feedback. Hints and wrong answers can guide students toward the correct answer. Help your students transition from a focus on “right or wrong” to a focus on the learning journey!

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Finding Your Stride with New Tech Tools in Class

We asked teachers: what recommendations do you have for teachers introducing ASSISTments into the classroom? Read on for middle school math teacher Ms. Ivory Cutri’s tips and tricks!

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Getting Students Excited to Learn

We asked teachers: what recommendations do you have for teachers introducing ASSISTments into the classroom? Read on for middle school math teacher Mr. Josh McMillen and Ms. Katie McCrary’s tips and tricks! 

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How to Smoothly Integrate EdTech into the Classroom

When introducing ASSISTments, teachers can show students how to use the tool to inform their learning, focusing on owning their progress rather than a grade.

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Introducing ASSISTments to Your Students Through our Practice Set

Are you ready to get started using the ASSISTments in your classroom? Before diving in, it can be helpful to try out our Practice Set to help your class get acclimated to the platform. The practice set is designed to help students explore problem types and progress reports they will encounter using ASSISTments. Happy practicing!

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Using Common Wrong Answers for Homework Review

Completing homework assignments allows students to practice their skills—and then receive feedback on their work from teachers. Based on student homework, teachers can assess how each student is performing independently outside of the context of the classroom. Teachers can make the most of Common Wrong Answers to support students during homework review sessions.

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A Message from the Founder: ASSISTments Gets Top Marks in Federal Review

It is important that educators know which interventions and products actually work. In order to accomplish that goal, the U.S. Department of Education hosts the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), an institution that evaluates educational interventions to see which work and which are simply flops. Neil Heffernan provides an update about the WWC’s approval of a study that shows the efficacy of ASSISTments.

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Win $100! Refer a teacher to ASSISTments

2019 Video Competition. Students, share how ASSISTments helps you learn.

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Year Long Study on Homework

Over 2800 students from 43 schools from Maine participated in a year long study. 75% of students improved, find out how we affected them in a positive way.

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3 Lessons Learned From Education Technology Research

“We had the guts to expose ourselves” to randomized control trials, says ASSISTments founder Neil Heffernan in this US News & World Report article

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A Gift Born From Peril

The Boston Globe profiles ASSISTments founder Neil Heffernan, who tells the story of his experience as a middle school math teacher and how a brain tumor inspired him to start ASSISTments.

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A Web App Helps Teachers See Where Students Are Stumped

Listen in to Neil Heffernan on wbur radio show Here & Now.

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Online Mathematics Homework Program Developed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to be the Subject of More Than $7 Million in Rigorous Research Studies

Two grants from the Institute for Educational Sciences (IES) totaling over $7 million have been awarded to education researchers studying the impact of ASSISTments. Large and rigorous randomized controlled trials of online education tools for K-12 education are difficult to conduct and analyze. These grants will build upon a prior ASSISTments trial conducted by SRI Education, which was important in that it provided hard, comparative evidence of the impact of education technology.

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TL Talk Radio Podcast

Podcast interview with ASSISTments co-founders Neil and Cristina Heffernan about their inspiration for ASSISTments, their dedication to research-backed impact and what’s next for the online platform.

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Commentary: Ed Tech Does Help Close the Achievement Gap — When It Supports Teachers

There’s no doubt that education technology can make a big difference in the classroom. But the facts show that the key to closing the achievement gap is not providing more technology to students, but rather putting the right ed tech into the hands of teachers.

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Don’t Eliminate Homework. Make it More Effective

In the United States, there is an ongoing debate about whether homework is worthwhile, with critics saying that it’s busywork at best and, at worst, it’s detrimental to student learning. Only, the problem isn’t homework itself but how homework is done. Instead of implementing “no homework” policies, WPI professor and ASSISTments founder Neil Heffernan proposes that we can and should use technology to improve how students do their homework — or at least their math homework.‍

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Maine schools experimenting with Web-based math homework

Middle school math classes have worked in much the same way for decades. Teachers send students home with a textbook and a set of problems. Students work out the solutions on paper and bring the answers in the next day. That changed at about 40 Maine schools, where students, mostly seventh-graders, tested out ASSISTments.

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Nurturing Persistent Problem Solving

A veteran math teacher puts ASSISTments to the test and reports on how second-year algebra students learn to persevere in completing homework assignments through the use of the online homework platform. She showcases the tool’s ability to deliver instant feedback and embed video explanations in problem sets.

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Researchers need to collaborate to address the challenges facing schools

ASSISTments serves as a unique shared scientific instrument in the social science world, continuing the forward push to do more randomized controlled experiments. Social science can reap the benefits of our cultural shift to the digital world and the many ways people interact with online platforms.

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Scientists Bring New Rigor to Education Research

Researchers are using tools borrowed from medicine and economics to figure out what works best in the classroom. Much of the new research goes beyond the simple metric of standardized tests to study learning in progress and the findings are beginning to fill in some blanks in that hugely complex puzzle called education.

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Study Shows WPI-developed Math Homework Tool Closes the Learning Gap

Results of a randomized control trial conducted by SRI Educational Research in public schools in Maine and published in the journal AERA Open by the American Education Research Association clearly quantify the benefits of ASSISTments.‍ The study shows that ASSISTments is effective in helping close the learning gap.

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The Machines Are Taking Over

The New York Times profiles husband and wife team, Neil and Cristina Heffernan, and how they chose to address the achievement gap through a computer program that can mimic the individualized feedback of a human tutor.‍

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Walpole teachers get an 'assist' from homework software

Read about the impact ASSISTmennts is having in two schools in Walpole, Massachusetts. Students whose teachers use the software say it’s like taking their teacher home with them.

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What Works Clearinghouse Gives Top Marks to WPI-Developed Homework Program

The What Works Clearinghouse, a highly regarded federal research review of education products, has reviewed the ASSISTments research and stated that the Efficacy Study “meets standards without reservations.”

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Who Decides if Ed Tech Even Works

A veteran math teacher puts ASSISTments to the test and reports on how second-year algebra students learn to persevere in completing homework assignments through the use of the online homework platform. She showcases the tool’s ability to deliver instant feedback and embed video explanations in problem sets.

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Persistence is not Always Productive: How to Stop Students from Spinning their Wheels

Students are often told to push themselves to the limit in the math classroom. But is this persistence always the most productive way for students to learn? ASSISTments founder Neil Heffernan weighs in about how students can move past spinning their wheels and start mastering math content.

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How We Protect Data at ASSISTments

Protecting student privacy is our top priority. At ASSISTments, we know that our students, parents, and schools have a clear and important right to their own data. Read on to learn how we protect our students' data.

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ASSISTments has Won $25 Million in Grants with next to no Business Structure or Marketing

While many EdTech tools and solutions might show promising results in small studies or certain conditions, very few prove effective at scale. That is not the case with ASSISTments. Led by Worcester Polytechnic Institute Professor Neil Heffernan, the free classroom assessment software has been shown to bring about remarkable academic gains. Read on to learn the story of how ASSISTments came to be and some of the challenges along the way.‍

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I Took a Break From the Classroom to Help Do Research. It Made Me a Stronger Teacher.

ASSISTments Ambassador Andrew Burnett was in his 15th year of teaching when he was asked to join the ASSISTments team. His task was to help conduct a long-term educational study by training and supporting the teachers that were participating in an independent research project. Andrew communicated with 70 teachers all around the Northeast about implementing ASSISTments in their classrooms. Read on to learn Andrew's story and how he has transformed his teaching practices.

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Are teachers misusing homework? Beyond the question of whether or not to assign it

How much, if any, homework should elementary school students receive? It is an age-old and ongoing debate. But the discussion misses a fundamental part of the controversy: Teachers often don’t take advantage of homework as an instructional tool. Neil Heffernan weighs in about how homework can be utilized best to enhance student learning.

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How Can EdTech Tools Support All Learners?

Students all bring their distinct educational needs and styles into the classroom. Many teachers work hard to find a balance between supporting individual students and addressing the needs of the whole class. Teachers are tasked with educating classes of students with a wide range of abilities, needs and challenges. Read on to learn how teachers can leverage edtech tools to support all types of learners in the classroom.

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U.S. Department of Education Awards Worcester Polytechnic Institute $8 Million to Scale and Expand ASSISTments

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), in partnership with The ASSISTments Foundation, has been awarded an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program.

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Britt Neuhaus joins The ASSISTments Foundation as Program Director

The ASSISTments Foundation welcomes Britt Neuhaus will oversee our efforts to scale the ASSISTments online learning tool across the country, with particular attention to rural areas in collaboration with our partners at Lesley University, WestEd and WPI.

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Online homework tools trade ‘busy work’ for feedback to help end inequities in schools

The use of technology is growing in schools, but we’re missing critical opportunities if technology isn’t being used to close the pernicious achievement gaps between students of color and their white peers and between low-income students and their more affluent peers. WPI professor and ASSISTments founder Neil Heffernan weighs in on the importance of using tech tools to address inequity in schools.

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Schools Don’t Need to Ban Homework, They Just Need to Make It Better

School districts around the country are doing away with homework, according to the latest education headlines. But research clearly shows that the solution to homework isn’t to abolish it. WPI professor and ASSISTments founder Neil Heffernan weighs in on why we need to make homework as effective and relevant as possible, so students can still learn when their teachers or family aren’t available to help them.

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3 Ways ASSISTments Can Help You Maximize Class Time

Teachers will tell you that class pacing is quite the balancing act! Because of its flexible design, ASSISTments can support you in your teaching practice— whether that be through warm-ups, homework review or whatever is working in your classroom!

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Tom Bolton joins The ASSISTments Foundation as Vice President of Product

The ASSISTments Foundation welcomes Tom Bolton as Vice President of Product to lead the future of the ASSISTments product. Bolton will support ASSISTments in its work to impact users across the country by delivering immediate feedback for math students and data insights for teacher instruction.

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Paid Opportunity: Help Us Design A Professional Learning Experience

(Opportunity now closed) We are looking for ASSISTments users to help us design a new professional learning community experience! You will be compensated with $500 for lending your leadership and expertise to helping us develop this PLC.

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COVID-19 and Distance Learning

We at ASSISTments are concerned about the impact that COVID-19 is having on teaching and learning and are taking steps to support our community of users and team at this time.

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Distance Learning & ASSISTments: Teacher Stories

In the shift to distance learning, teachers and students are really putting online learning tools to the test. We’ve been hearing from teachers from across the country about stories from their classroom, and their worries and concerns.

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Neil Heffernan and ASSISTments: $35 Million and Counting

Heffernan has received more than $35 million in federal grants for his work in learning sciences and with ASSISTments, in part because he is relentless in pursuing funding from a number of agencies, though he says he “tries more and fails more” in submitting grant applications. Last year ASSISTments was used by more than 2,500 teaches in 46 states and 14 countries.

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Sarah Irish
Middle School Technology Integration Specialist
Lewiston, Maine
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Barbara Delaney
Middle School math teacher for 22 years. Retired from classroom teaching June 2020
Massachusetts
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Denise Henniger
7th Grade
Williamstown Middle School. Williamstown, NJ
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Joaquine J. Pina
7th Grade Math co-Lead
Arizona
I love using science and data to help guide my work in terms of what works and what could be done better. My work with ASSISTments on the study enabled me to enhance my lessons and the impact was truly amazing! The students have made unbelievable gains that we would not have seen had we not been part of the research.
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Aimee Lintner
Middle School Math Teacher
Michigan
Being on both sides of the ASSISTments work (as a teacher-user, and as a teacher-researcher supporting the development of new features) has helped me continue to grow as an educator. It also has been a great opportunity to speak to other educators who are also using the program in the classroom and helping with the project out of the classroom.
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Carrie Moy
7th/8th Grade Math Teacher
Illinois
I loved this teacher leadership opportunity to give feedback on a program I use, and where my voice as a practitioner is valued. As the only 7 and 8th grade math teacher in my school, joining a research project gave me the chanc to collaborate with teachers who use the same content. Joining this community breaks down silos by seeing how other teachers are responding to the same challenges and seeing what happening in classrooms across the country.
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Christina Hansen
7th/8th Grade Math Teacher
California
As a teacher, I appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback and improvement suggestions to a product I use. Through my work on the Instructional Recommendations project, I had the opportunity to dive deep into student thinking. My research gave me ideas about what would be beneficial to strengthen student understanding and identifying where students might have issues.
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Claire Calderone
7th/8th Math Teacher
Ohio
I am committed to continuous learning and growth in my practice and enjoy collaborating with educators to improve student learning. Teacher experience and voice is unique and vital in research to improve teaching and learning. Through my research experience, I got the opportunity to think really directly and critically about the feedback. I've become better at evaluating student misconceptions, more deliberate in providing "just in time" feedback, and more creative in determining next steps for instruction in my classroom.
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Suzanne Colbert
6th Grade Math Teacher
North Carolina
It is so important for educational resources to be driven by feedback from current educators. Public education has not changed that much over the years, but the demands on teachers has. I love the fact that ASSISTments is not only willing, but eager to get feedback from teachers who are currently in the classroom.
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Elwanda McLauren
7th Grade Math Teacher
North Carolina
I am always looking for opportunities to learn and grow as an educator. As the ones using ASSISTments in our classrooms, teachers know what we want a program to do to help us improve student learning, so it’s especially important to be engaged in projects that inform new ASSISTments features. My time on this project helped me reflect on how my students think and how I can provide them the best feedback. I am so excited to take what I have learned back to my classroom and see my students grow from my own learning experiences.
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Sasha Williams
Middle School Math Teacher
North Carolina
Through my research ASSISTments, I joined a cohort of educators seeking ways to improve instruction, engagement, and the retention of math knowledge in an ever-changing and evolving world for teachers. We all experience some of the same stressors and strive to impact our classrooms through meaningful and rigorous instruction. I gained valuable insights and information that allowed me to make better, data-driven decisions that positively impacted the learning in my classes.
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Megan Randolph
7th Grade Math Teacher
Arizona
Our team jumped at the chance to take part in the study and try something new using ASSISTments. Education is an ever evolving realm, and it made us all realize that keeping up with proven new technology can help better meet the needs of the students in our classes.
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Kim Josey
7th Grade Math Teacher
North Carolina
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Andrew Burnett
7th Grade Math Teacher
Massachusetts
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